Many of you were wondering how to deal with chlorine and chloramine in your water. I’ve started using an inline hose water filter—a type of Brita filter on steroids. Here’s a link to some recommended ones. Pay attention to the expected “gallons-filtered life.”
One drop of humic acid per gallon of water will also neutralize the chlorine. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) will neutralize them both. Please note, humic acid products vary by the percent of humic acid they contain. The first one I bought contained 3%. Ian Hunter mentioned Humax in one of the soil science podcasts and it is at 12%. The one Dr. Ingham sells on her Environment Celebration website is 5%. If you don’t want to order humic acid off the web, check your local hydroponics store (AKA pot grower’s supplier) if you can’t find it at a local nursery, which you probably won’t. The hydroponics store may also carry an inline filter.
If you want to listen to the soil food web god herself, Dr. Elaine Ingham, talk about water quality and the humic acid trick, here’s a link to a podcast where she talks about them. She also talks about how plants and the microbes interact. Informative listening. Unfortunately, she doesn’t talk about the concentration of humic acid she is referring to.
If you don’t want to listen to it via the web, then search for No Till Elaine Ingham on your podcast app. It’s episode 21.
Enjoy a glass of water that contains a lemon or cucumber slice while you listen. It’ll then be chlorine and chloramine free. (The slice isn’t really needed though because your stomach acids do the neutralization.)
Here’s some other links on the subject: